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A family is very hard to explain, as there are many different variations of family. One thing is for certain though according to Helman, a family is a group of individuals that interact with each other very closely (Helman 2007). As people grow up they develop many psychological factors that will be a result of the family they were raised with. These psychological defects are known as family psychopathology, and usually occur because one experiences dysfunctional family structure, dysfunctional family functioning, faulty family, relationship and communication patterns with the family (Kumar and Tiwari, 2010). A family that experiences mental disorders of any type is because of the setup of a family. Helman explains that families can consist of a single parent, traditional husband and wife, a husband with many wives, a wife with many husbands, lesbian parents, gay parents, mixed marriage (marriage of people of different cultures, races, or religions), or blended families. As I was reading the study from Kumar and Tiwari, I made some connections that result in a cause and effect logic. According to Kumar and Tiwari, the areas that are focused on for crucial development of a family is parent to child relationship (2010). Parent children relationships can be a major cause to having psychological problems. Because children and parents could have rejection relationship this when the child experiences neglect, denial of love and affection, and parents show a lack of interest in the young one resulting in low self-esteem, insecurity, excessive fear. Overprotection and restrictiveness are two more major types of parent children patterns, this is when the mother is too over bearing with their child. These mothers tend to smoother their children (Kumar and Tiwari, 2010). These two gentlemen list a number of other psychopathology effects that are developed at childhood for families, they include but are not limited to over permissiveness and over indulgence, unrealistic demands, faulty discipline, and undesirable parental models (Kumar and Tiwari, 2010). After developing these effects at the beginning of a family it is hard to come back from it without the help of therapists due to being emotionally distressed. The families then become maladaptive family structures, which are detrimental to the developments of children. The family structures types are inadequate family, disturbed family or home, the antisocial family, the disrupted family, the discordant family. Without a family development that show love and affection to children these children generally grow to have some type of mental disorder so my question is how do new parents that have never had a good developed family life start a new family that will help their new family develop in ways that a healthy mentally for them and their kids? I also would like to know what triggers the parents’ mind to neglect or not love and appreciate their kid after having it?

 

Helman, C. (2007). Culture, health, and illness. London: Hodder Arnold.

Kumar, P. & Tiwari, S.C. (2010). Family and Psychopathology: An Overview Series-1: Children and Adults, Delhi Psychiartry Journal, Vol. 11(No.2), 140-149.

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